DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
Tanzania and Kenya have agreed to form a
joint commission for resolving trade barriers between
the two east African nations, Tanzania’s Minister for
Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Augustine
Mahiga, said on Monday.
to form the commission came after a meeting of foreign
affairs ministers from the two countries as part of
efforts to implement directives by President John
Magufuli and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta after they
had intervened to avert an escalating trade war.
Magufuli and Kenyatta stepped in to stem an escalating
trade war that has seen Tanzania and Kenya exchange
import bans on several commodities.
commission that will be chaired by foreign ministers in
respective countries will also include trade, tourism
and finance cabinet ministers,” Mahiga told a news
conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
imposed restrictions on wheat flour and liquefied
petroleum gas from Tanzania while Tanzania retaliated by
imposing restrictions on milk and milk products and
cigarettes manufactured in Kenya.
and Kenya are one. The sanctions were against East
African Community (EAC) customs union protocol but the
stage we have reached is a sign that we are committed
towards promoting regional integration,” said Mahiga.
Kenya are members of the EAC. Other members of the
regional bloc include Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South